Indeed, things look bad for our Montreal Canadiens. Horrible, in fact. Mired in 11th place, only two from 15th, which of course means life sucks.
But I’m not giving up hope until the numbers say they’re done, until that overweight-yet-lovely lady sings her sorrowful tune.
Yes, ending up at the bottom of the heap and grabbing a heavy-duty draft pick is the silver lining. But my mind’s not there yet. And so I watch the schedule and see who’s playing who, and I can only hope that the right teams win, depending on how things relate to the Canadiens.
Tonight, on this St. Valentine Day when I send out my love to the players’ wives, I see several games worth noting. And they would be:
New Jersey in Buffalo. The Devils sit in 6th place with 66 points, (Montreal has 55) and Buffalo is in 14th, just one point behind the Habs. So even though it would be nice to see both lose, I think it’s of the utmost importance that Buffalo falls flat so they don’t jump over the Canadiens. It’s a bit of a no-brainer, I think.
It’s a bit trickier with the Ottawa-Tampa Bay game. Ottawa is presently in 7th and it would be excellent to see them nose dive right out of the picture, but Tampa, like Buffalo, is only one point behind Montreal, so we need the Lightning to screw things up.
The Islanders are in Winnipeg, and this sucks in a big way, considering the Jets have just three points more than the Habs while the Islanders are yet another team behind Montreal, one point back. But if the Habs are going to make the playoffs, they need to catch some of these bastards, so I’m cheering for the Islanders. Although my heart’s not in it.
Last but not least, the Leafs are in Calgary, and Toronto is the team now on the bubble, sitting precariously in the 8th and final playoff spot with 62 points. So all together now – Go Flames Go!
Of course there are other games on the agenda tonight, like the Rangers in Boston and Chicago in Nashville, to name a couple. But none of these games have any affect on things, so they can do whatever they want. Maybe Brad Marchand will get a puck in the nose.
I’m not giving up. Not yet. But some of these other teams have to step up to the plate, cooperate, and strike out.